Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

Messages from the Provost

Messages from Dr. James F. Canniff, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

 August 12: Provost Update

Good evening!

August is racing along.  Summer II classes are nearing their ending date and Fall classes start on September 8.  This is the time of intense planning and active work to fill our classes with new and returning students.  The deans, faculty, and staff are calling students plus holding Webex drop-in information sessions and assisting in registering students. Thank you to everyone who is actively engaged in enrolling BHCC students.

TODAY’S UPDATES

I hope that you can join the BHCC Community this Friday at noon for Pam’s weekly chat.  I hope that you have had a chance to relax during the summer.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 

 August 6: Provost Update

Good evening!
 
I hope that August is off to a strong start for you. As we continue to monitor the many decisions related to COVID19, we know that there is much uncertainty to whether or not public schools will include onsite instruction. According to the timeline, MA public schools must file their plans by August 10th  with announcements to follow on the 11th.  Also the BHCC’s Reopening Committee is continuing to monitor the Commonwealth’s plans and document the many details involved in planning for the fall semester. I encourage you to continue to visit the BHCC homepage for the links to up-to-date information. You are invited to view this website: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/collegereopening/
 
TODAY’S UPDATES
 
REGISTRATION:  The academic division deans are reaching out to students in the respective majors to provide an introduction to the programs of study and to assist in registering students. Thank you to those involved in this outreach. 
 
FALL ENROLLMENT DATA:  As of yesterday, with 34 days away from the first day of Fall classes, BHCC’s enrollment headcount is down by 27.16% compared to last year at this time. These data are reported using the same period in the prior year.  Calls, emails, and text messages to students encouraging them to register are underway. The BHCC website homepage is focused on urging students to register for Fall 2020 classes. Take a look: https://www.bhcc.edu/  Student Central is reaching out to students who have received financial aid and have not registered yet.  Please encourage all continuing and/or newly accepted students you know to register if they have not done so.
 
REMINDER ABOUT REMOTE TEACHING INSTITUTE:  If you are teaching this fall and have yet to complete the remote teaching training requirement, you are invited to join the Remote Teaching Institute hosted by AIDE and the Online Learning Toolkit Team. The Institute is hosted in BHCC’s Moodle platform. Faculty can join in anytime starting now through September 8th to complete training modules designed to engage  in best practices for Remote teaching. There are no set times or days to log in – faculty complete the modules at their own pace. REGISTER ONLINE. Please contact your division dean should you have any questions.
 
ONGOING MONITORING OF REGISTRATIONS AND COURSE SECTIONS: Each day the deans are reviewing the enrollment in each course section to ensure that we have the right balance of courses based on registrations and course demands.
 
Thank you to those who are teaching Summer Session II. I appreciate the support you are providing students in our mostly remote environment. I also am grateful for the work many of you are undertaking in preparation for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.
 
Stay healthy and safe,
Jim
 

 July 23 - Provost Update

Good evening!

We are now at the end of the second week of Summer Session II. I hope you are doing well. The summer seems to be flying by. My wish for each of you is to have the ability to take some time to rest and recharge after the hectic pace of the spring and early summer. Thank you for your creativity and resilience as we have journeyed together supporting one another and the BHCC students. I continue to be inspired by each of you as we work together virtually in service to our BHCC Community.

The BHCC staff members continue to serve BHCC students and our colleagues through our remote practices of Webex meetings, phone calls and emails. We have instituted Live Chats for students to communicate with office staff members. The BHCC website continues to be updated and now includes a Virtual Campus page with important links. I invite you to visit this site: https://www.bhcc.edu/virtualcampus/

UPDATES:

Enrollment Update: Summer Session II enrollment has ended with an increase of 40.04% in FTE. Fall enrollment continues to improve slowly. The pattern we observed for both summer sessions was students enrolling later than in previous summers. We have just surveyed all admitted students to determine how best to communicate with each individual. Using these data, staff members are reaching out to answer questions and encourage each student to enroll. As of this morning, Fall enrollments are down by 28.54% with only 48 days remaining until the semester begins. Our focus is on supporting students to register. Underway is an active multi-media advertising campaign with a heavy emphasis on social media focused on enrolling at BHCC. Over 20,000 post cards have been mailed to current and new applicants urging them to register and enroll.

Reminder to Order Your Fall Course Materials: If you have not placed your order, please do so. Go to the Faculty and Staff Resources website https://www.bhcc.edu/about/facultyandstaffresources/ and click on the course materials link: Order your course materials from the BHCC Bookstore.

Remote Teaching Institute – Now-September 8BHCC faculty are invited to join the Remote Teaching Institute hosted by AIDE and the Online Learning Toolkit Team. The Institute is hosted in BHCC’s Moodle platform. Faculty can join in anytime and complete training modules designed to engage and share great practices for Remote teaching. There are no set times or days to log in – faculty complete the modules at their own pace. Register online. There are synchronous sessions if one prefers virtual presentations and you will find the list with dates at the end of this email. (See below for a full description). Contact your Division Dean with questions.

Concerned about a Student: For mental health concerns or changes in behavior, consult the CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation) by submitting your concerns using this confidential online form. https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?BunkerHillCC&layout_id=2. Using this form triggers an automatic notification to key staff on which they can act quickly. Do not use email to submit your concerns.

For information on the CARE Team please visit: https://www.bhcc.edu/dos/thecareteam/

Students Reporting COVID-19: Thank you in advance for sharing information you learn from a student about their health. Students may complete the COVID-19 Self Report https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?BunkerHillCC&layout_id=10 or you may do so on behalf of the student using the Faculty / Staff form:https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?BunkerHillCC&layout_id=18. Having this information allows the Dean of Students’ team to reach out and support each student by following their progress and assisting if possible.

Students Needing Chromebooks: Please direct students to this link to request one: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t5gBiNkfrX0PJz

Please let me know if there is additional information I can provide in the Summer Weekly Provost Updates.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 July 9 - Provost Update

Good evening!

Letter to President re International Students

July 9 Letter to ICE and DHS re international students taking online classes

I wanted to keep you abreast of the support BHCC international students are receiving as they continue to be fearful of the impact of this week's new regulations from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).  This US governmental agency defines the parameters and conditions for issuing international student visas for international students to study in the US. Efforts are underway to challenge these regulation changes. Pam has been in contact with officials and other professional association colleagues to express her opposition. BHCC will be submitting materials in support of the Massachusetts Attorney General's planned suit.  Please see the attached letters Pam has shared that highlight the advocacy underway by so many leaders.  Also Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Georgetown have filed a lawsuit  for which there was a hearing today in Boston before a federal judge and the judge scheduled another hearing for tomorrow at 10 a.m. Other universities have indicated they intend to file.

To strengthen support to BHCC international students, an international programs staff member has been assigned as a personal contact for each student; and each student is being contacted by the International Programs staff.  In concert with the Division of Enrollment Management and LifeMap, each student's program of study, course schedule, and academic plans are being reviewed to determine the academic needs for the upcoming fall semester.  The CARE Team, led by Assistant Dean of Students Vengerflutta Smith, is joining in outreach efforts to support students as they cope with the current uncertainties.  Also SGA officers are working with Assistant Dean of Students Will Cribby to engage students in efforts to support BHCC's international students and voice their concerns to officials.

Many of you have reached out  to offer your assistance.  At this time, the most important action you can take is to offer your care and support for students.  Please assist by advising the international students to wait until we have definitive information before they make decisions to leave the US.

Additionally, let students know to reach out to the staff assigned to them based on their last name; staff assignments are detailed below. Encourage international students to funnel all questions to the International Programs staff by emailing Sasha, Ela, or Heather as they have the most current information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). These details will continue to unfold.

STAFF ASSIGNED TO EACH STUDENT

Students with last name A-K:

Sasha Johnson

SashaJohnson@bhcc.edu

Students with last name L-M

Ela Kijowska

ekijowsk@bhcc.edu

Students with last name N-Z 

Heather J Shapazian

hjshapaz@bhcc.edu

Please remind students that they can also place food orders through the DISH (food pantry) for delivery to their homes if they live within a 10 miles radius of the BHCC campus.  For more information about the DISH, please go to this website:  https://www.bhcc.edu/dishfoodpantry/

We continue to be hopeful that during the time of this pandemic that wisdom and humanity will prevail as we consider the needs of the BHCC students, most especially those who travel across the world to study here.  Thank you for your continued support of the BHCC community.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 

 July 7 - Provost Update

Good evening!

I hope that you and your family remain healthy and safe.  Today we are continuing to digest the regulations potentially impacting BHCC’s International Students and their visas.  These new directives were issued yesterday by SEVP (https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during) as modifications to the spring’s temporary exemption for international students that previously allowed them to take online classes due to the pandemic.  These modifications for the Fall 2020 semester are more restrictive than those exemptions issued for the Spring 2020 semester and Summer Sessions I & II that allowed students to enroll in online and remote courses.  This new guidance has the potential to disrupt the plans of the 524 international students whose plans were to continue at BHCC.  Our International Center and Dean Escalera are working as quickly as possible to get definitive information on implementing these mandates, so we can assist our returning international students by reviewing their plans, and makings adjustments to keep their plans for the fall intact. We also have 170 newly accepted international students with 103 currently living outside of the US that need our support.

I will keep you updated as we learn more.  To ensure the BHCC Community faculty and staff have the latest information, there will two drop-in sessions tomorrow.  See below for the information and Webex link.

TODAY’S UPDATES

FALL 2020 COURSE INFORMATIONThe deans and assistant deans have now updated all Fall 2020 course descriptions to reflect the instructional methods that faculty members will utilize for each course section.  Please see the instructional method chart that can be found on https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/fall2020coursedeliveryinfo/  In BHCC Self Service, students will find the needed details to guide them in registering for courses.  Please review the chart so that if students seek your advice you can be knowledgeable of this important information.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDANCE:  Please join us for a Drop-In Conversation re: ICE Guidance for International Students Studying in the US
You may have heard yesterday that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) issued guidance for Fall 2020.  In short, this ‘guidance’ states that the exceptions made for international students during the Spring and Summer semesters that allowed them to remain in the US while taking courses online will not be continued in the Fall semester.

More information can be found here:

  • https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-informationsevp-covid-19-guidance-sources
  • https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bcm2007-01.pdf

Many of you have reached out to us expressing your surprise, disappointment, outrage and concern for our students. We are equally surprised, disappointed, outraged and concerned. Ela Kijowska, Director of the International Center is working diligently with her team to support students, and our executive leadership is working with legislators, as well as, local, state-wide, and national organizations on a  number of advocacy efforts.

We recognize that international students will be reaching out to many of you with their questions and concerns, and we will need the support and collaboration of the entire College to send a unified message of support to students.  To that end, we will be hosting drop-in sessions, beginning tomorrow—open to faculty, staff and administrators— to ensure that the college community has clear and accurate information about what we do know about the guidance at this point, and what it means for our students.

Drop-In information for our session tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. is below:

Drop-In discussion: ICE Guidance for International Students

Hosted by Liya Escalera

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020 11:15 am | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 160 382 9324

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Thank you for your ongoing support of the BHCC Community.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 

 June 25: Provost Update

Good morning! 

Today we can all take great pride in the collective work of our BHCC Community members as we completed the NECHE Accreditation Visiting Team’s virtual campus visit.  Over the course of Monday and Tuesday, we shared our successes and reflected on our opportunities.  I want to personally thank each person who participated in the preparation of the BHCC Self-Study and added your perspectives in the sessions with the visiting team members.  I want to acknowledge Maria Puente for her leadership in developing the BHCC Self-Study narrative from the contributions crafted by the many faculty, staff, and students who served on the NECHE Standards Committees.  A special thanks to Liya Escalera who launched the accreditation process and then passed the baton to Arlene Vallie. Thank you, Arlene, for your expert leadership in developing the strategy and in guiding us through the multifaceted stages culminating in a successful NECHE Team visit.   Thank you, Tracy Deveau, for providing your expertise in managing the many logistics required for this visit.  There were many other noteworthy contributors. Specifically, the data preparation by the Institutional Effectiveness team;  the document preparation by IMC staff;  the early logistics planning by the Events and Information Systems teams; the financial and physical plant data compiled by Administration and Finance; and the engagement of all deans positioned BHCC to share the complex story of our community that cares deeply about its members—especially BHCC students.  Thank you also to Pam and the BHCC Board of Trustees members who provided important leadership insights during the visit.  Now we look forward to the NECHE Accreditation Team’s report and consider the opportunities ahead of us as we begin our next ten year journey.

TODAY’S UPDATES

UPDATING THE FALL 2020 COURSE SCHEDULE:  The deans are actively inputting changes to reflect the shift in the teaching methods to be employed this fall.  Our commitment to the health and safety of our BHCC Community necessitates that at least 75% of our courses will be taught using remote and online strategies.  Courses to be taught on campus will be limited to those with clinical, lab, or performance components with all safety protocols in place.  This process of converting over 1,700 course sections will be completed by Friday, July 3.

JOIN PAM AND ME FOR THE COLLEGE-WIDE APPRECIATION GATHERING: Connect with the Virtual Chat via WebEx this Friday, June 26 at Noon for the College-Wide Appreciation for Accreditation.

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ENROLLMENT UPDATE:  Enrollment for Summer II  Headcount=  -1.78% and FTE= +4.52%

Fall 2020 Enrollment continues to lag.  As students learn that most BHCC courses will be taught using remote and online formats, we expect enrollments to increase.  For Summer I, many students enrolled very close to the beginning of classes.  The Enrollment Management Team is actively engaging students in virtual chats and phone calls to encourage and support continuing and new students in the assessment, advising, and enrollment processes.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and contributions to the BHCC Community!  I am grateful for you and your great work!

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 

 June 17: Provost Update

Good evening!
 
This week has been filled with preparation for the upcoming NECHE Accreditation Visiting Team’s virtual visit with the BHCC Community which begins on Sunday and continues until Wednesday morning. The Open Session for Students will be held on Monday, June 22 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The Open Session for Staff will be held on Monday, June 22 from 4 to 5 pm.  The Open Session for Faculty will be Tuesday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. On Wednesday, June 24 at 10:30 am the visiting team will present their preliminary observations during an All Campus presentation before ending their virtual campus visit.  All Zoom meeting links, which are being prepared by the NECHE staff, will be distributed as soon as we receive the information.
 
A special word of thanks to Arlene Vallie, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Tracy Deveau, Executive Assistant for the Office of the Provost for their leadership in coordinating the many details required for this important visit.  Also Maria Puente who with many of you labored for months preparing the Self-Study to chronicle the strengths and opportunities revealed in our collective review of the NECHE Standards. Prior to next week, I invite you to carefully review the 2020 BHCC Self Study which is can be found at this website link:  https://www.bhcc.edu/media/01-collegepublications/BHCC-2020-Self-Study-02-28-20.pdf
 
I also want to acknowledge the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in BOSTOCK v. CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA  on Monday to affirm that the rights of GLBTQ are protected against workplace discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I invite you to read the decision in  https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf
 
I invite you to participate in this Friday’s Juneteenth Celebration (see details below) that commemorates the end of enslavement in America. On June 19th, 1865, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce to the enslaved that they were free as decreed by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. 
 
TODAY’S UPDATES
 
ENROLLMENT UPDATE: Summer II 2020: Headcount: -6.02% and FTE: -0.72% (compared to 27 days prior to the start of Summer II last year) Fall enrollment is lagging; however, aggressive marketing is underway supported by direct calls to all applicants and accepted students.  Additionally, student chats and virtual orientation sessions are actively engaging prospective students so they have their questions answered quickly to pave the way for their attendance this fall. 
 
PRESIDENT’S CHAT:  Please join Pam for the weekly chat. The next chat is Thursday, June 18 at 12 pm. Please see links to connect below. You may submit a question in advance that will be asked at the virtual chat. Connect with the President via WebEx for the June 18 Virtual Chat: https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/j.php?MTID=mdb584714023021a2f123d5414fce93bf
Meeting number: 160 679 2664
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NECHE ACCREDITATION VIRTUAL VISIT, June 21-24: Beginning Sunday, June 21 the BHCC community will be engaged through virtual meetings to share the institution’s transformative work, strengths and opportunities for improvement with the NECHE Visiting Team.  Meetings will continue on Monday and Tuesday with groups of faculty, staff, administrators, and students  Zoom meeting links will be sent out once finalized. In preparation, I invite you to review BHCC’s Self-Study available online here: https://www.bhcc.edu/media/01-collegepublications/BHCC-2020-Self-Study-02-28-20.pdf
 
JUNETEETH  CELEBRATION, FRIDAY, JUNE 19:  See the reminder below of the upcoming virtual celebration.

The Museum of African American History celebrates Juneteenth with 
A Night of Poetry and Conversation featuring
 
Dr. Malcolm Tariq
In conversation with Camara Brown
 
Friday, June 19, 2020
6 p.m.
 
 
About the Author: Malcolm Tariq is an award-winning poet and playwright from Savannah, Georgia. He is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and is a 2020-2021 playwright resident with the Liberation Theatre Company. A graduate of Emory University, he has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. Malcolm lives in Brooklyn, New York City, where he is the Programs and Communications Manager for the Cave Canem Foundation, a home for Black poetry.
 
About the Interlocutor: Camara Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Harvard University where she writes about poetry, care, gender, sexuality, Black feminisms, and Transnational women of color feminisms. Her interdisciplinary study draws methods and reading practices from both history and literary studies to ask directly what can historians learn about doing history from poetry? Her poetry has been published in The Adroit Journal, Bedfellows, and The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as circulated in a collection curated by poet Laynie Browne titled Solidarity Texts.
 
About BHCC/MAAH Partnership
BHCC and the Museum of African American History (MAAH) have a strong and long-standing partnership. Our collaborations include summer institutes, workshops and activities that help faculty and staff to integrate MAAH’s rich resources into the curriculum and co-curriculum. Many BHCC faculty and staff have engaged students with place-based learning at the MAAH. BHCC’s membership includes free admission for students, faculty and staff and their families.
 
About JUNETEENTH
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Jubilee, commemorates the end of enslavement in America. On June 19th, 1865, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform the enslaved of their freedom as decreed by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Many states recognize Juneteenth as a holiday; however, it is not federally recognized. Juneteenth celebrations focus on bringing families together, as well as a day to reflect on America’s past while working toward a unified future.
 
Stay healthy and safe,
 
 Jim
 

 June 10: Provost Update

Good evening!

I hope that your summer is unfolding with continued health.  Summer I classes are underway.  The Admissions team is recruiting for Summer II and Fall classes.  BHCC’s Summer I enrollments experienced a last minute increase of registered students for Summer I.  I want you to know that Grace Young, Dean of Enrollment Management and Life Map, is tracking the application and enrollment data on a daily basis.  We are trailing last year but we expect people are delaying decisions given the uncertainty of our times.  To encourage early enrollments, the staff members are calling over 3000 accepted students to support them in the process.  Advising and Registration virtual sessions plus New Student Orientations have begun to ensure students have the information needed to launch successfully.  I would ask each of you to reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors and invite them to consider the BHCC opportunities for advancing one’s education.   Thank you in advance for your support of our BHCC Community. 

UPDATES 

  • FALL COURSE PLANS:  At this point, our plans for the Fall 20 semester include scheduling no more than 20% of our courses with some on-ground component to ensure the safety of the BHCC faculty, staff, and students while meeting the requirements of the discipline that cannot be addressed by online or remote course instruction.  The deans are working to update the Fall 20 schedule to reflect the changes.
  • WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES: These divisions are working to develop courses to meet the current labor market needs.
  • NECHE ACCREDITATION VIRTUAL VISIT, June 21-24: Beginning Sunday, June 21 the BHCC community will be engaged through virtual meetings to share the institution’s transformative work, strengths and opportunities for improvement with the NECHE Visiting Team.  Meetings will continue on Monday and Tuesday with groups of faculty, staff, administrators, and students.   Faculty, staff and student Open Sessions will be held on Monday, June 22 at 11:30 am.  On Wednesday, June 24 at 11:00 am the visiting team will present their preliminary observations during an All Campus presentation before ending their virtual campus visit.  Zoom meeting links will be sent out once finalized. In preparation, I invite you to review BHCC’s Self-Study available online here:https://www.bhcc.edu/media/01-collegepublications/BHCC-2020-Self-Study-02-28-20.pdf

Thank you in advance for setting aside time to be engaged in the NECHE Accreditation Team visit.

 Stay healthy and safe,

 Jim

 

 June 4: Provost Update

Good afternoon!

Thank you to those who participated today in the Re-open Town Hall and Session on Race to honor George Floyd.  Your questions today were very helpful to assist the Re-opening Committee in its work on behalf of the BHCC Community.  Thank you, too, for your comments today about our challenges to tackle systemic racism in our society and at BHCC.  I remain committed to our work to confront our racism and pledge to support our individual and collective work to transform BHCC.

TODAY’S UPDATES

NOTICE TO STUDENTS ABOUT POSSIBLE SHIFTS IN THE SCHEDULE: Below is the information Grace Young mentioned today regarding messaging to students about potential course changes for the upcoming fall semester. We are refining our definitions and updating all courses to denote remote and web. This work should be completed within the next week. Please share with your dean any questions that you might have.

BHCC Self-service

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 

 June 3: Provost Update

Good evening!

Thank you to those of you who joined in one of the interview sessions today as we met with Dr. Steven Thomas who is a finalist for the Associate Provost of Academic and Student Affairs-Charlestown.  Please provide your feedback using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Thomas-BHCC-AssociateProvost.  I look forward to reviewing your input.

TODAY’S UPDATES

REMINDER OF TOMORROW’S PROJECT RE-OPEN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL:  1 PM hosted on WebEx

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HOPE INITIATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY:  As part of the College's ongoing efforts to engage in equity-minded and asset-based approaches, the HOPE Initiative would like to invite the campus community to an upcoming professional development opportunity. The focus of this session will be on connecting Black Lives Matter to Black Minds Matter through exploring the linkages between the policing and schooling of Black Minds:

BLM & BMM: LINKAGE BETWEEN THE POLICING AND SCHOOLING OF BLACK MINDS

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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START TO PREPARE FOR BHCC’S UPCOMING NECHE ACCREDITATION VISIT – JUNE 21-24: I invite you to begin your review of the BHCC Self Study in preparation for the upcoming NECHE Team visit.  For your convenience here is the link to the document: https://www.bhcc.edu/media/01-collegepublications/BHCC-2020-Self-Study-02-28-20.pdf

Thank you for your continued engagement as the summer unfolds.  I want to thank the staff who are working each day to support, recruit and enroll students who are attending, or planning to attend, the summer and fall semesters.  We will keep you posted on our BHCC progress.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 

 June 1: Provost Update

Good evening!

Today marks the beginning of a new month and the start of Summer Session I.  Thanks to the great work of the Enrollment Management, Student Central, LifeMap, and Integrated Marketing teams we are within 0.73% of last Summer I’s number of credit hours.

This enrollment news brings students who continue to adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer also begins with our concern for the well-being of each member of our BHCC community as Boston citizens join the citizen protests across the USA and the globe.  This week we continue grieving with the family of George Floyd and sharing the anger, plus outrage, over his murder. We are called to advance social equity and equal justice in our individual and collective actions. To advance this commitment, the CECW Institute last Wednesday and Thursday provided a space and time for this reflective work. Thank you to those who led this important opportunity and those who attended and added to the conversations. Please join me in making an ongoing commitment to identifying and dismantling the narratives that permeate our work, perpetuate racism, and harm BHCC community members of color.

TODAY’S UPDATES

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 CAMPUS INTERVIEWS FOR ASSOCIATE PROVOST, CHARLESTOWN:  Please join us in meeting Dr. Steven Thomas.

1:30 - 2:15 PM           Open Session with Faculty and Professional Staff
Description: Open Session Faculty and Professional Staff with Associate Provost Candidate Steven Thomas
attendee password asaopensession
 
2:30 - 3:15 PM           Open Session with Students and Staff
Description: Open Session Staff and Students with Associate Provost Candidate Steven Thomas
attendee password asaopensession

JUNE 21- 24 NECHE VIRTUAL ACCREDITATION VISIT:  Please save these dates for our upcoming Accreditation Team visit. More details will follow.

Stay healthy and safe!

Jim

 

 May 21: Provost Update

Good morning!
 
Today is an exciting day as we honor our graduates and celebrate their achievements. Also it is a time for me to recognize you and your contributions to each BHCC graduate's education and future!  Thank you for your care and commitment! 
 
I invite you to join me at our virtual commencement that will be shared at 11:00 am. The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be streaming on YouTube and Facebook Live.  If you have a Facebook account, you can view the event by clicking the “Watch the Event on Facebook Live” button below. If you do not have Facebook, you can watch the event on YouTube by clicking the “Watch the Event on YouTube” link below. Please click on an event link below a few minutes prior to 11 am. At 11 am, if the video does not start automatically, please click “Play” or refresh the link in your browser. 
 
TODAY'S UPDATES
  • SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:  The students who meet the qualifications for any BHCC scholarship, are notified by Melissa Holster's office via email, prior to the deadline. Most scholarships have a March deadline. However, at the bottom of this email, you will find the the scholarships for which applications are still being accepted. These have summer deadlines. The qualifications are outlined, too.  Unfortunately, there are no scholarship funds available  to support the summer sessions.  This website explains all scholarship opportunities https://www.bhcc.edu/scholarships/
  • REMINDER ABOUT MOODLE MAINTENANCE:  BHCC is changing the Moodle provider and this process requires a transition.  Danielle Leek sent an email this evening highlighting this upcoming change “In order to perform needed upgrades to our Moodle site, Moodle will need to be unavailable to all users for at least 72 hours. This downtime is expected to begin during the holiday weekend – most likely on Saturday evening.”
  • REGISTRATION FOR THE CENTER OF EQUITY AND CULTURAL WEALTH INSTITUTE:  Please join us on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 to explore the theme of this year's institute “Plot Twist - Disrupting False Narratives in Higher Education”.  Please register here to reserve your virtual space at this year’s Institute: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4Yk45FjjkPymDX.
Thank you again for your contributions to a memorable year.  
 
Stay healthy and safe,
Jim
 
UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES:
 
There are only a few scholarships with summer deadlines:
 
BHCC Foundation Gala Scholarship for Continuing Students (July 15)
·         10 – 15 scholarships to be awarded 
·         $2500/semester for up to 4 semesters
·         Student must enroll for a minimum of 9 credits
 
BHCC Foundation Gala Scholarship for New Students (July 29)
·         10 scholarships to be awarded
·         $2500/semester for up to 4 semesters
·         Student must be Full-time
 
Judge J John Fox Memorial Scholarship (August 4)
·         At this point, we are only renewing the current 15 students; we hope to be able to add 5 – 10 more students but it depends on how the investment portfolio performs. New contributions would enhance the ability to increase the number.
·         $1,000/semester for up to 4 semesters
·         Student must take 9 credit hours
 
Chief Charles Voke Memorial Scholarship (August 4)
·         1 scholarship will be awarded
·         Student must have graduated from Chelsea HS (recent or past)
·         $500/per semester for two semesters
·         Student must enroll full-time
 
The Chelsea HS Class of 1966 and Susan Soule Clark Memorial Scholarship (July 29)
·         1 – 2 scholarships
·         Student must have graduated from Chelsea HS (recent or past)
·         $1,000/semester for up to five semesters
·         Student must enroll full-time
 
Sophie Fifield Memorial Scholarship (August 4)
·         1 -2 scholarships
·         VMA major; must be first-generation; must submit portfolio
·         Equivalent of 12 credit hours tuition and fees ($2,520)
·         Student must be full-time
 
Nancy Myers Memorial Scholarship (August 4)
·         2 scholarships
·         NEW students only
·         Equivalent of 12 credit hours tuition and fees ($2,520)
·         Student must be full-time
 

 May 18: Provost Update

Good evening!

I am sure you are relieved that your grades have been submitted.  Thank you for your hard work to ensure the success of as many students as possible this semester.  I hope you and your colleagues will savor the incredible ways that the BHCC Community has responded to the rapid shift we made in March.  I am very appreciative of the collaboration among students, faculty and staff members that made this possible.

TODAY’S UPDATES

TOMORROW ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS TOWN HALL: Please plan to join the virtual Town Hall beginning at 1 pm tomorrow. The Academic and Student Affairs Town Hall will be followed by meetings being hosted by division deans. https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e27021d85bf1f10d3e645e5fce0e18b76 Event Password asatownhall.

TOMORROW NURSING PINNING CEREMONY: Please join in the virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 10 am. Meeting number: 471 430 730 Password: 93mPVZjMbE3 https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/j.php?MTID=m55e40b0e3356d7b5217d7fe55762fdc7

UPCOMING NECHE VIRTUAL ACCREDITATION VISIT: New England Commission of Higher Education has notified BHCC that a "virtual" comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for June 21-24.  We will keep the community informed about the details of this “visit.”

I look forward to “seeing” many of you tomorrow at the Academic and Student Affairs Town Hall.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

 May 15: Provost Update

Good morning!

I know everyone is focused on wrapping up the semester and many areas are gearing up for processing final grades in time for Commencement.  Other staff members are also looking forward as Admissions, LifeMap, Student Central, and Academic Records are recruiting, admitting, testing, and processing financial aid for the summer and fall.  The AIDE team is working tirelessly with faculty in readying courses for the summer, fall, and winter. Danielle Leek is leading in the transfer to a  new Moodle vendor who will provide an increased level of support.  The Student Affairs staff members are continuing to support students who need personal assistance during this very challenging time.   The Integrated Marketing and Communication staff have launched some new recruitment campaigns.  I appreciate the dedication of everyone who is moving BHCC forward by supporting our continuing and new students. 

TONIGHT’S UPDATE

SHARE YOUR COMMENCEMENT CONGRATULATIONS: IMC is working on the virtual commencement video that will be streamed on May 21, at 11 am.  We would like to include faculty and staff photos with the sign of love that will accompany President Eddinger’s Ritual of Gratitude. It would mean so much for the graduates to see faculty and staff that have helped them along the way with this simple, but impactful gesture.  If you would like to submit a picture showing the sign of love, you can quickly take one from your phone (horizontal is better) and email it to bhcc_communications@bhcc.edu by tonight, Friday, May 15, 2020.  If you want to wear your regalia or do a department meeting and then take a screenshot of everyone on WebEx tiles doing the sign of love, that is an option too. Creativity is welcome!

REMINDER – CONTRIBUTE YOUR VIDEO:  Join in preparing for Tuesday’s Academic and Student Affairs on Tuesday, May 19 at 1 pm.  To capture, share, and archive the reflections of students, staff, and faculty members, I am inviting you to video your brief response to the following question: 

QUESTION: What was the biggest ‘take away’ or ‘ah-ha!’ moment you had this spring that will shape the way you approach your work in the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters? 

INSTRUCTIONS TO VIDEO YOUR REFLECTION: Equipment needed: either a computer with a camera or a smartphone. Video directions are available at this weblink https://bhcc.techsmithrelay.com/dtbO. Please see the attachment for more details.  If you need any assistance, please email aide@bhcc.edu.  

USING YOUR COMPUTER: Go to TechSmith Relay to capture your reflection. To access this platform, click here: http://bhcc.techsmithrelay.com/  then log in with your BHCC email and password. Remember to save using #BHCCshares

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE: TechSmith Fuse is the cell phone app to download and then you follow the step to “Connect Mobile Device”.  There are two methods: Scan the QR code with the cell phone from the desktop OR click on the manually connect option.  Remember to save using #BHCCshares.

SUBMISSION: To assist in this process, please save your video using the hashtag #BHCCshares by Saturday, May 16.

Thank you in advance for sharing your reflections.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 

 May 13: Provost Update

Good evening!

Each member of the BHCC Community has done an incredible job in quickly pivoting to meet the sudden shifts in all aspects of campus life.  This change touched everyone and every aspect of the campus to include teaching, learning, and all administrative operations. Supporting students and each other has been at the heart of everyone’s work.

As we prepare for the upcoming Academic and Student Affairs Town Hall, we want to pause and reflect on our experiences during this important time and then share our insights with each other. If you would like to make your reflections available to our BHCC Community, I invite you to make a short video using the instructions below.  The plan includes featuring selected reflections during next week’s Academic and Student Affairs Town Hall. 

TODAY’S UPDATE 

REMINDER OF THE ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS TOWN HALL:  Please plan to join in on Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 pm. I will share the Webex in an upcoming Provost Update.
 
OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR VIDEO:  To capture, share, and archive the reflections of students, staff, and faculty members, I am inviting you to video your brief response to the following question:
 
QUESTION:  What was the biggest ‘take away’ or ‘ah-ha!’ moment you had this spring that will shape the way you approach your work in the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters?

INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIDEOING YOUR REFLECTION: Equipment needed: either a computer with a camera or a smartphone. Video directions are available at this weblink https://bhcc.techsmithrelay.com/dtbO. Please see Create a One-Minute Video for #BHCCshares.pdf  for more details.  If you need any assistance, please email aide@bhcc.edu.  

USING YOUR COMPUTER:  Go to TechSmith Relay to capture your reflection. To access this platform, click here: http://bhcc.techsmithrelay.com/  then log in with your BHCC email and password. Remember to save using: #BHCCshares

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE:  TechSmith Fuse is the cell phone app to download and then you follow the step to “Connect Mobile Device”.  There are two methods: Scan the QR code with the cell phone from the desktop OR click on the manually connect option.  Remember to save using: #BHCCshares.

SUBMISSION: To assist in this process, please save your video using the hashtag #BHCCshares by Saturday, May 16.

Thank you in advance for sharing your reflections.

I wish you well as you focus on the end of the semester tasks.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 

 May 12: Provost Update

Good evening!

Today marks the end of classes for most courses.  As we reflect upon the past eight weeks, I hope that each of us can note the successes and resilience that have been the hallmarks of our collective work. For many in our community, I know that there have been many difficult times that weigh on us, too. As we approach the end of this semester, I would like to pay tribute to the perseverance and dedication of our students, faculty and staff plus family and friends who have aided us during this time. Thank you for everyone’s generous spirit.

TODAY’S UPDATES

TEXT BOOK RETURNS:  Book returns are due Monday, May 18.  Students will have an additional 15 days to return their books before being charged the non-return fees.  All rentals must be shipped back. Each student will receive instructions via email that includes a pre-paid FedEx label.  If students do not have a printer they can go to a FedEx location and they will print the label for them. If they cannot find a FedEx location close enough the students can return via the US Post Office; however, the student will be responsible for paying for this method of return. Unfortunately under the current circumstances, these are the only available options. See the Bookstore webpage:  https://www.bhcc.edu/bookstore/
 
BHCC VIRTUAL NURSING PINNING CEREMONY:  You are invited to attend the Registered Nursing Pinning Virtual Ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m.
 
BHCC VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT:  Plan to join in the celebration of our graduates on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. The link will be available on our Commencement page https://www.bhcc.edu/commencement/ and our event calendar https://www.bhcc.edu/cal/?view=fulltext&id=d.en.104821
 
I look forward to learning more about the ways that we can continue to support our students, faculty and staff as we look to the future.
 
Stay healthy and safe,
Jim

 May 11: Provost Update

Good evening!

Tomorrow is the last day of classes for most courses. Courses in the Mini II Session ends on Friday, May 15. Thank you for your excellent work in teaching the students in each of your classes. Your care, flexibility, and creativity have served as the important ingredients for reaching and supporting students during this very challenging time. I sincerely appreciate your dedication.

MODIFIED ‘IP’ GRADE SUBMISSION PROCESS: To support the anticipated increase in the volume of ‘IP’ submissions, the ‘IP’ grade submission, and Completion Contract processes have been modified.  Please review and follow the process as outlined in the link contained in the 4th bulleted announcement found on the BHCCintranet. Please direct any additional questions you may have to your divisional deans. 

LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW: Tomorrow Tuesday, May 12 is the last day for students to withdraw from courses.

STUDENTS IN CRISIS: This is the time in the semester under normal conditions when students are experiencing heightened levels of stress and anxiety. Within the context of COVID-19, students’ reactions may be more extreme.  If you are concerned about the safety of a student, please immediately call the Dean of Students so a staff member can respond quickly. Please call with any mention of suicide.

CENTER FOR EQUITY AND CULTURAL WEALTH: Sponsors of two professional development workshops this week:

Black Minds Matter – Holistic Support for Black Male Learners
Co-sponsored with the HOPE Initiative
Tuesday, May 12, 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Facilitated by Evans Erilus, Boston Welcome Back Center
Webex https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/j.php?MTID=md1b5b1b010db82ca4a98a0bb991e8cd3

Guided Meditation
Thursday, May 14, 1 PM - 2:30 PM
Facilitated by Dr. Lloyd Sheldon Johnson, Behavioral Science Department
Webex:  https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/j.php?MTID=mfd9b84efed60335ea8dbb19518fa7cc2

I continue to wish for you, your family, and friends good health during these unprecedented times.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 May 8: Provost Update

Good evening!

I wanted to let you know that we are studying the plans from many states and institutions as we examine the ways to guide our thinking for how we function moving forward.  We are guided by our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of the BHCC Community and the education of BHCC’s current and future students.  As we look ahead, we want to position our course delivery models to be as flexible as possible. I appreciate the work you have tackled this semester in transitioning your courses and I know these changes will serve as a firm foundation as you plan for the summer and anticipate the fall. 

TONIGHT’S UPDATES

REMINDER REMOTE TEACHING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: As a reminder, I am asking those of you who are teaching “Remote” courses in Summer 2020 to complete two (2) hours of paid professional development through AIDE and campus partners. Registration is available for the required one-hour “Remote Teaching Overview.” Please visit the BHCC  Webex Trainings List and click on the Upcoming tab.  There are other sessions from which to choose the second professional development opportunity.

COVID-19 REPORT FORMS: There are two forms available for BHCC Community Members for confidentially reporting a concern regarding a student’s COVID-19 status: COVID-19 Student Self-Report and  COVID-19 Faculty/Staff Report for a Student. These forms have been updated with the new list of symptoms and guidelines that have been identified by the American College Health Association and CDC. Completing these forms allow staff to reach out and support the student and their needs.

REMINDER OF THE ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS TOWN HALL: We will gather via WebEx on Tuesday, May 19 at 1 PM.  This will be followed by a division meeting, so please plan on a three-hour block. 

ORDERING BOOKS AND MATERIALS FOR YOUR COURSES: Please place your book orders as soon as possible. As you may know, faculty members can now place their book and materials orders via the web. The Bookstore will not be open so all orders will be mailed.

Click here: Select your course materials from the BHCC Bookstore  This site also allows you to search for Open Educational Resources (OER) that are electronically available. Selecting OER materials for your courses provides a way to reduce the costs for students. For questions regarding OER, contact Ceit DeVitto, AIDE Senior Special Programs Coordinator, at kmdevitt@bhcc.edu

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend. 

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 

 May 6: Provost Update

As we approach the end of the semester, I hope each of you reflects back with pride on your accomplishments for adapting so quickly to the curveball thrown by COVID-19.  I know this an incredibly busy time as papers, tests, and projects roll in.  I wish you all the best for ending this semester.

TONIGHT’S UPDATE

REMIND STUDENTS OF TUTORING:  Free tutoring is available! Online tutoring is available for students through The Writing PlaceThe Math Space, TASC, and the Language lab. Students may schedule a time to meet with a peer tutor virtually.   Also, there is free Online tutoring available through SmarThinking. Students may be able to access this online tutoring service directly through your credit course. Students will also find SmarThinking available for access in the “Learning Tools” section of the Student Resource Center.  https://bhcc.mrooms.net/enrol/index.php?id=16508

UPCOMING ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS TOWN HALL:  I encourage each of you to share with your dean your questions that you think are important to explore during our time together on Tuesday, May 19.

PREPARING FOR VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT ON MAY 21:  Friday, May 8 at 5 PM  is the last day to order a cap and gown online.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 

 May 4: Provost Update

This week marks the beginning of the last two weeks of the Spring 2020 semester.  The majority of classes will end on May 12  followed by Mini II classes on May 15.  I hope that you, and the students you teach, have continued to progress successfully.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the students as they complete the assignments required to demonstrate their mastery of the course content and achievement of the learning objectives. 

TODAY’S UPDATES

ORDERING BOOKS AND COURSE MATERIALS: Faculty members may now place their book and materials orders via the web using this link: Select your course materials from the BHCC Bookstore  You will find this link for ordering on the Faculty and Staff Resources webpage under LINKS. Select your course materials from the BHCC Bookstore.  Please consider the Open Education Resources (OER) options for your courses as a way to reduce students’ costs for books and materials.

RELIEF FUNDS: Boston's Rental Relief Fund has made $3 million available to renters who lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can't access unemployment benefits. 17 banks and lenders will defer mortgage payments for at least three months, not report late payments to credit rating agencies, and provide scheduled repayment plans. Visit https://www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-boston  to learn more about resources available to renters and homeowners.

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK: This week—May 4 through May 12—provides an official time to honor all nurses and their powerful professional contributions made each day.  This pandemic has underscored the vital roles nurses play in caring and healing in our health care settings.  We honor the BHCC faculty, our Coordinator of Health Services, and students dedicated to the Nursing profession. Thank you for your dedication. This link provides business discounts for nurses and health care professionals.   https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/05/01/freebies-and-discounts-nurses-during-national-nurses-week/3065051001/

REMINDER: Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth Drop-In Session will be hosted by Lee Santos Silva tomorrow at 1 PM.

Meeting number: 479 506 646
Password: equity
Join by phone
1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 479 506 646
 
I hope the warm weather has provided a time to venture out for new scenery as we continue to live life with caution and care.  I remain hopeful that you and your family are well.
 
Stay healthy and safe,
Jim

 

 April 30: Provost Update

Thank you for the ongoing focus on the initiatives that have added to the richness of the academic community spirit at BHCC.  Today reflects this continued commitment.  Our One Book Program sponsored our virtual community gathering for “A Conversation with Fatimah Asghar Poet, Educator, Performer and Author of If They Come For Us.”  I found the presentation and discussion to be timely and powerful as we consider the challenges in our country and the world.  Thank you for everyone’s coordination to make this time together a reality.

TODAY’S UPDATES

STUDENT FUNDS DISBURSED:  Yesterday 6,500 BHCC Title IV eligible students received funds provided by the Federal Government Care Act and disbursed by BHCC.

REMINDER OF THE MARY FIFIELD ENDOWED STUDENT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND: Should students need support for an emergency, please provide them with this link for more information: https://www.bhcc.edu/emergencyassistancefund/

REMINDER OF THE COVID-19 STUDENT RELIEF FUND: The BHCC Foundation has established the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. This flexible fund will enable the College to respond quickly to student needs caused by, or resulting from, the COVID-19 crisis. For information about the BHCC Foundation, visit https://www.bhcc.edu/foundation/

I continue to hear through the deans about the outstanding collaborations underway to support BHCC students and each other inside and outside of our virtual classrooms and meetings.  Thank you for your dedication to our collective excellence grounded in access, equity and cultural wealth.Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 April 29: Provost Update

We are continuing to monitor the public health and governmental updates as we look toward the summer and fall.  Also our continuing outreach to current students has provided individuals with needed referrals to staff and other resources.  Thank you for your part in sharing the names of the 800 students in your classes whom you have been unable to make contact.  I so much appreciate your dedication and that of the 42 staff volunteer callers who are working with students as their needs are identified.

As I mentioned during the Town Hall, our summer enrollments are down for both sessions. We want to do everything possible to support students who are coping with many challenges. Let us know if you learn of ways we can assist individual students, faculty members and staff with whom you come in contact.

TODAY’S UPDATES

DATE CHANGE FOR THE ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS TOWN HALL:  We will gather via Webex on Tuesday, May 19 at 1 PM.  I will send more information in the next two weeks.

DEFINITIONS FOR ONLINE AND REMOTE COURSES:  To assist students in better understanding the differences between online and remote courses, we will be including the following definitions on the web and in BHCC Self-Service:

  • An Online Class does not meet at a particular time or day and all work is done off-campus. Assignments with specific due dates are posted on Moodle, the BHCC online learning management system.  The instruction may include pre-recorded lectures, videos, or tests. Attendance in synchronous class meetings is not required, but weekly engagement with course assignments is required.  In Self-Service, the location will be noted as Online ONLN Web Based.
  • A Remote Class is offered under emergency conditions such as COVID-19. All work is done off-campus and assignments are outlined in the syllabus. The Professor and classmates may meet on a specific day and time as noted in the course information. The instruction may include WebEx, a web conferencing platform or Moodle, the BHCC online learning management system or other digital tools and platforms. In Self-Service, the location will be noted as Remote.

BELOW IS A QUICK REFERENCE FOR UNDERSTANDING COURSE DESIGNATIONS IN BHCCselfservice 

ONLINE courses are 100% online on the Web-based Moodle Learning Management System.
BHCCselfservice Location = “ONLINE”
BHCCselfservice Instruction = “ONLINE”
Attendance = Not required to be online at any particular time or any particular day.
Instruction = MOODLE is the BHCC online learning management system supporting WEB course instruction. 
 
REMOTE distance education courses are offered under emergency conditions at BHCC.
BHCCselfservice Location = “REMOTE”
BHCCselfservice Instruction = “REM”
BHCCselfservice Time = Time of Class but NOT on campus when held in real time.
BHCCselfservice Days = Days of Class but NOT on campus when held on the actuals days.
Attendance = MAY be required to be engaged for the entire period designated under “Time” and “Days”
Instruction = May vary by course and may include a web conferencing platform chosen by the instructor such as Webex plus other digital tools including BHCC Moodle
 

I hope you will have a pleasant evening.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 April 28: Provost Update

Thank you to those who joined BHCC’s virtual Town Hall today.  As I think about the incredible pivot that our BHCC Community made in mid-March,  I am very proud of each of you, and your accomplishments, in transitioning during this rapidly changing environment.  I look forward to learning more about this semester’s experiences from your work with students and your colleagues.  Thank you!

TODAY’S UPDATES

COVID-19 REPORT FORMS:  There are now two forms available for BHCC Community Members for confidentially reporting a concern regarding a student’s COVID-19 status: COVID-19 Student Self-Report and COVID-19 Faculty/Staff Report for a Student. Completing these forms will allow staff to reach out and support the student and their needs.

REMINDER REMOTE TEACHING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Thank you to the 52 of you who signed up overnight. As a reminder, I am asking those of you who are teaching “Remote” courses in Summer 2020 to complete two (2) hours of paid professional development through AIDE and campus partners. Registration is now available for the required one-hour “Remote Teaching Overview.” This overview session is currently scheduled at least nine different times beginning on April 29. To register, please visit the BHCC Webex Trainings List and click on the Upcoming tab. There are other sessions from which to choose the second professional development opportunity.

RESERVE THURSDAY, MAY 14 AT 1:00 PM:  Plan to join in at the Academic and Student Affairs Town Hall as we look forward to the Summer and Fall Semesters.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to work together as we approach the end of the semester with our ongoing commitment to access and equity for the BHCC students we serve and teach.

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim


 

 April 27: Provost Update

This weekend I heard more about quarantine stress. The first phase of this pandemic included the rush to adapt and now there is a slump for many people as the stress of living each day with the unknown lingers. I hope that you are finding ways to enjoy your time at home and limit your stress.

I also know BHCC students are experiencing many of the same feelings.  I would encourage you to work with each student to accommodate the particular challenges facing each person. Tonight BHCC’s Student Trustee shared that a student reported to SGA that this person had requested an extension that was not granted. Compassion and empathy are crucial to assist students at this time as they juggle many hardships such as family illness and sudden job losses.  We have many resources to assist students.  Please remember to refer students for support. Here is the link to Important Contacts.
 

TONIGHT’S UPDATES

REMINDER ABOUT TOMORROW’S TOWN HALL: Tomorrow at 1 p.m. there will be a Virtual Town Hall to provide a status report on our response to COVID-19 and an early look at budget implications. Join via WebEx https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e820c64c52ff5018a781dbf70c94d939f
Event number (access code): 470 090 747   Event password: townhall

REMOTE TEACHING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: I am asking faculty teaching “Remote” courses in Summer 2020 to complete two (2) hours of paid professional development through AIDE and campus partners. Registration is now available for the required one-hour “Remote Teaching Overview.” This overview session is currently scheduled at least nine different times beginning on April 29. To register, please visit the BHCC Webex Trainings List and click on the Upcoming tab. There are other sessions from which to choose the second professional development opportunity.

Thank you for your role in supporting the BHCC students with whom you work.

Stay well and safe,
Jim

 April 24: Provost Update

Believe it or not, this is the last Friday in April! The past six weeks have passed quickly at some level but each day for me has been very packed. I am sure your schedule is intense as well. I sure hope your weekend will be restful. 

REMINDER ABOUT THE TOWN HALL: This week at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 Virtual Town Hall. There will be a status report on our response to COVID-19 and an early look at budget implications. Join via WebEx https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e820c64c52ff5018a781dbf70c94d939f

Event number (access code): 470 090 747   Event password: townhall

RESOURCES: Alice Murillo shared this link this morning highlighting resources for students, staff, and faculty. https://universitybusiness.com/free-college-management-software-faculty-resources-coronavirus-covid-19?oly_enc_id=7576C0122145D7Q

OUTREACH CALLS:  Thank you for submitting the names of students with whom you have been unable to reach. The outreach started today for the 800 individuals you identified.

Thank you for your ongoing, caring support of the members of our BHCC Community. Enjoy your weekend!

Stay healthy and safe,

Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affair


 

 

 April 23: Provost Update

It is hard to believe that it is now Thursday evening. I am sure your days are like mine--packed with interactions via Webex and phone calls.  I miss seeing you in BHCC’s hallways and other campus locations. Those quick encounters for informal chats and good ideas are times I truly treasure and can’t wait to share again. I was thinking about how different it would be if we did not have the technology tools to carry on in the ways that we have embraced. I am so grateful for your adaptability and creativity during this time of rapid pivoting to meet the challenges we have faced together. Thank you!

TODAY’S UPDATES

ORDERING BOOKS AND MATERIALS FOR YOUR COURSES: Faculty members can now place their book and materials orders via the web.

Select your course materials from the BHCC Bookstore  This site also allows you to search for Open Educational Resources (OER) that are electronically available. Selecting OER materials for your courses provides a way to reduce the costs for students. For questions regarding OER, contact Ceit DeVitto, AIDE Senior Special Programs Coordinator, at kmdevitt@bhcc.edu

FOOD RESOURCES: This link provides a food resources map that is comprehensive for the Boston area.

Another website allows one to search by zip code: https://t.co/3XP2UWMQKo

REMINDER FOR CAMPUS UPDATES AND SUPPORT FOR BHCC STUDENTS: I recommend that you periodically check this website as a central location for BHCC updated information: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/  If you have a concern about a student, please let the Dean of Students Office know.  You may use the Health Emergency Reporting COVID-19 Form to request support for a student who may be sick due to COVID-19.  The Dean of Students team keeps in touch each day with students who are ill.

I hope you will have a restful evening.

Stay safe and healthy,

Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affair


 

 April 22: Provost Update

I hope your week has gone as smoothly as possible.   I know with the demands of teaching and advising, plus managing your home life, you have been juggling so much in this remote world we now inhabit. I hope with the stress of everything surrounding each of us, you have the support you need.  Please know there are resources available to all faculty and staff that can be accessed through Human Resources.

Thank you for submitting the names of students who have not been engaged despite your attempts to reach them. If you still would like to share this information, I am including the link below for your convenience.

Today's Updates

SHARING NAMES OF STUDENTS FROM WHOM YOU HAVE NOT HEARD: Please use the Qualtrics form link below and enter the names and student IDs of those students who:

  1. Have not engaged in their coursework or classroom since going remote; AND
  2. You have not been able to communicate directly (be it email or phone).

Please add your information.  https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UbntSOwaKHdJWt

ORDERING BOOKS AND MATERIALS FOR YOUR COURSES:  Faculty members may now place their book and materials orders via the web using this link.  You will find this link for ordering on the Faculty and Staff Resources page:  https://www.bhcc.edu/about/facultyandstaffresources/ under LINKS: Select your course materials from the BHCC Bookstore

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STUDENT DISCUSSIONS:  The Office of Community Engagement has been hosting Student Discussions throughout the month of April. These discussions use current news articles as prompts for a reflective conversation with students. Great reflective opportunity for your students! Date: Friday, May 1/Time: 12 - 1 p.m./Topic: Health Care during a global pandemic

To join: https://bhcc.webex.com/meet/evelyn.gonzalez

Thank you for your commitment to the education of the BHCC students with whom you work.

Be healthy and safe,

Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affair


 

 April 21: Provost Update

I hope you enjoyed the additional time provided by the Patriots’ Day holiday. I certainly enjoyed some time away from Webex meetings and my computer, too.  Feeling more refreshed, today we returned to the business at hand as we continue to scan the higher education and local landscape in planning for the summer and fall.  We are tracking our student registration numbers as well as our new student application data. I will share these data tomorrow.  We are launching a Student Engagement Call Campaign as outlined below and we need help in gathering the names of students with whom we still need to connect.

TODAY’S UPDATES

ASSISTANCE NEEDED: Many staff and faculty across the College are making significant efforts to identify and reach out to students who have not engaged in their coursework or their classroom since all instruction went remote. In an effort to continue in supporting this outreach, the Outreach Coordinating Team is hoping to consolidate our contacts so we can launch an outreach campaign in the next few days without duplicating calls to students you and your colleagues have already reached. Thank you if you have already submitted the names of students. If you have not done so, using the Qualtrics form link below, please enter the names and student IDs of those students who:

  1. Have not engaged in their coursework or classroom since going remote; AND
  2. You have not been able to communicate directly (be it email or phone).

PLEASE ADD YOUR INFORMATION.  https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UbntSOwaKHdJWt

BOSTON FOOD SERVICES INFORMATION: If you learn of students and others who are in need of food, six meal sites in the City of Boston are now serving adults, in addition to children and youth, Monday through Friday. YMCA at Egleston Square in Roxbury, YMCA at Oak Square in Brighton, YMCA on Bremen Street in East Boston are open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. BCYF Leahy Holloran in Dorchester and BCYF Mattahunt in Mattapan are open 9 am to 12 p.m. The Mary Ellen McCormack housing development at Sterling Square in South Boston is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to each BHCC student’s success. 

Be safe and healthy,

Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affair


 

 April 17: Provost Update

I am sure you join me in welcoming a long weekend.  I have a few updates to close out the week.

TODAY’S UPDATES

REMINDER:  Next week we hold classes normally scheduled on Monday on Tuesday. 

SUMMER CLASSES: All classes in Summer Sessions 1 and 2 are being taught in either an ONLINE or REMOTE instructional format.  No classes will be conducted face-to-face on campus.

BHCC INFORMATION: Please refer to the BHCC Web Page for the latest updated information about the College.

CHROMEBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE: Students who need computing devices or technical assistance required for remote learning should complete the remote access assistance form. If students are unable to complete the technology needs online form, they may call 617-228-2361, Monday-Friday from 9 am - 5 pm to speak with a staff member about their technology needs.  Chromebooks are being mailed.  The Remote Access Assistance Form can be located at this link: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t5gBiNkfrX0PJz  

As part of the College’s efforts to engage in equity-minded and asset-based approaches, the HOPE Initiative would like to invite the campus community to an upcoming professional development opportunity. The focus of this session will be on promising teaching practices with particular focus on Black and Latino men--an important population at BHCC who make up over 20% of our overall student population. Please join us on Thursday, April 23 at 1 PM via WebEx:

https://bhcc.webex.com/bhcc/j.php?MTID=m8456a7ebf692d8bf96bd479f6d3f2035

Meeting number (access code): 476 363 891
Meeting password: BMM@HOPE
Join by phone
Tap to call in from a mobile device (attendees only)
1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Global call-in numbers  |  Toll-free calling restrictions

For more information, please email: hope@bhcc.edu 

I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Stay healthy and safe!

Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affair


 

 April 16: Provost Update

Today I learned more, during the Department Chairs Meeting, about the impact of the virus on our staff, faculty, and students who are losing family members. I know you join me in sending our deepest sympathies.  The personal grief of our colleagues and students at this time is very poignant. As you learn of students and their situations, please let me know if you think I can be helpful in any way during these very difficult times.  As we continue to deepen our understanding of the waves of changing reactions and responses, this knowledge can inform me and our community in our compassionate outreach. Thank you for your virtual presence and sincere care for our BHCC Community members whose lives you touch each day.

BHCC FOUNDATION COVID-19 STUDENT RELIEF FUND – I wanted to share that the BHCC Foundation, to help our students continue to succeed, has established the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. This flexible fund will enable the College to respond quickly to student needs caused by, or resulting from, the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to join in helping BHCC students, you are invited to donate to the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund.


CHROMEBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE:  Students who need computing devices or technical assistance required for remote learning should complete the remote access assistance form. If students are unable to complete the technology needs online form, they may call 617-228-2361, Monday-Friday from 9 am - 5 pm to speak with a staff member about their technology needs.  Chromebooks are being mailed.  The Remote Access Assistance Form can be located at this link: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t5gBiNkfrX0PJz


STUDENTS’ RETURNING SPRING RENTAL BOOKS: In case you receive any questions, Spring 2020 book rentals are due May 18. The bookstore will be sending everyone an email regarding the rental return process. In those emails, students should look for a prepaid return label (FedEx)  they can print to return their materials. Please remind them to include their name and phone number inside the box. They will not be charged late fees until after 15 days from the due date to allow for shipping and handling. If they have concerns, please invite them to email 2150mgr@follett.com.


BHCC CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY: Thank you to those of you who have shared your opinions in the BHCC Campus Climate Survey to Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion over the last few weeks. The survey was launched on February 11 and due to COVID-19, we have extended the closing date for this survey to May 29th. You can take the survey from anywhere at the anonymous link below: https://heds.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81BcY5jQ9fBZV53


I am so grateful for you and the work you do each day to advance the education of the BHCC students you teach and serve. 

Stay healthy and well,

Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affair


 

 April 15: Provost Update

Each day brings new challenges to ensure that I have communicated the unfolding details that continue to move BHCC forward.  I appreciate so very much the feedback you have shared that allows me to tailor my message to areas that are important to highlight. 

TODAY’S UPDATE

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS: As students negotiate Self Service, it is important to assist them in understanding that a Summer course designated as ‘REMOTE’ with days and times indicates that the course could be held at that time and on those days; however, checking with the professor will assist in clarifying the approach that will be employed.

TUTORING SUPPORT: Please remind students in your classes that they can speak with individual staff as well as schedule tutoring appointments with TASC, the Writing Place, the Language Lab, MathSpace, plus access library services.  Please share this website link with students to ensure they have the information.  https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/importantcontactsandhours/   

Thank you for your continued understanding of the difficulties many BHCC students may be facing as the world continues to feel unsafe and uncertain for so many.  I sincerely believe that as the BHCC Community we can assist in small ways through patience, care, and compassion.

Stay healthy and well,

 Jim

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affairs


 

 April 14: Provost Update

Dear Students,

Given the unprecedented events of spring 2020, the College has decided to allow students to request a ‘P’ or passing grade for any of the courses in which you are enrolled this spring semester.
 
You can begin requesting this option on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  Additional details about ‘P’ and other grade options are below.  You can also visit https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/grades/ for more information.   

What is the BHCC ‘P’ grade policy?
A ‘P’ or passing grade indicates satisfactory completion of coursework where no letter grade is given, or award of credits for a course by special examination. It is equivalent to a grade of ‘C’ or higher and carries no quality points. Credit hours will be given equivalent to the number of credit hours normally assigned to the course.

How will a ‘P’ grade impact pre-requisite grades and other program and degree requirements?
It is important to remember:

  • All courses for which students receive passing ‘P’ grades will count towards degree requirements.
  • A ‘P’ grade satisfies the prerequisite for courses that require a ‘C’ or better for registration.
  • ‘P’ grades are transferrable to MA state universities and colleges.

Students in STEM, health sciences and other programs requiring licensure must discuss prerequisite and transfer implications with their faculty and academic advisor.
 
What do I have to do to receive a ‘P’ Grade?
Beginning April 21, 2020 you will be able to submit an electronic request for a ‘P’ grade option for any spring 2020 course in which you are enrolled.  You must submit a request for a ‘P’ grade on or before May 28, 2020 by 5:00pm.  You can find the request form in your BHCC SelfService account.  You must complete and submit the form online. Your request goes directly to the Academic Records office where it will be processed once final grades are submitted.

When are final grades posted for Spring 2020?
The deadline for faculty to submit final grades is May 18. Grades will be posted by May 20. 

I do not want a ‘P’ grade. I want a letter grade. What do I do?
Nothing.  The letter grade submitted by your faculty at the end of the semester will remain your grade on record.

What are my other grading options for Spring 2020?
Your faculty will submit final semester grades inducing (A-F) letter grades or ‘IP’ (In Progress) grades.  You will receive ‘W’ grades if you withdraw from your classes by the withdrawal deadline.  Review all grading options here: https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/grades/

What will happen if I receive a final grade of ‘D’? Is this passing?
While a ‘D’ is passing for graduation requirements, it does not satisfy prerequisite requirements and cannot be changed to a ‘P’ grade. ‘P’ grade is equivalent to a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Can I change my mind? What happens if I find out next year that I need a letter grade for my next degree?
Yes, you can request to revert to the letter grade on your transcript at any point over the next five years.

I am concerned about my academic standing.  What impact does a ‘P’ grade in Spring 2020 have?
Academic standing will not include Spring 2020 grades.  Also, Dean/Merit List calculations are suspended for the spring 2020 semester.
 
All the best,

James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
Provost / Vice President
Academic and Student Affairs


 April 13: Provost Update

Good evening!

I sincerely hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  Two updates I would like to highlight today include:

STAGGERED REGISTRATION BEGINS: Early this upcoming morning (Tuesday, April 14 at 12:01 AM), Student Registration begins for Summer 1, 2, and Fall 2020.  I hope that you and each of your advisees have had an opportunity to discuss the academic plans for the upcoming semesters.  If not, please reach out to them.

 PASS/FAIL OPTION FOR SPRING 2020: Students are receiving notification in the morning of the opportunity to select for this semester a grade of ‘P’ for all courses for which they have a ‘C’ or better.  They are encouraged to discuss this option with their advisor and/or program chair.  Please review the email I sent to you via the BHCC Academic Student Affairs email on Friday, April 10, 2020, at 3:38 PM in case your students have questions regarding the temporary implementation of this option.

Thank you for your ongoing support of BHCC students as they juggle the many challenges created by this pandemic. I continue to hope that you, too, are finding some balance during this time.

Stay safe and healthy!

Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 April 9: Provost Update

Good evening!

Thank you for sharing feedback that you are receiving from the students in your courses. I appreciated Paul Kasili forwarding this email he received from a student in his class (see below).

“I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for working through this time to transition us to an online course and keeping us up to date along the way. There is so much uncertainty in students with how classes will go the rest of the semester and I really appreciate you keeping us up to date and helping smooth the transition. I hope you are staying safe and healthy during this time.”

This note highlights the power and importance of your steady support of BHCC students through this very challenging time of transitions.  I know there are many similar expressions of gratitude you have received.  Thank you for your commitment and kindness to the students we are privileged to teach and serve.

TODAY’S UPDATES:

FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SUMMER TEACHING: Planning is underway for a professional development series for those faculty who will be teaching this summer those courses that are designated as “REMOTE” for the instructional method.  As soon as the professional development schedule is finalized, your dean will be sharing this information.

ASSISTANCE IN DISTRIBUTING CHROMEBOOKS TO OUR STUDENTS: Molly Hansen, Special Programs Coordinator for the DISH and Will Cribby, Assistant Dean of Students have been working with two community partners, Food for Free Committee, Inc. and Snap Chef to arrange for the delivery of Chromebooks to BHCC students.  They have been supported by Campus Police, the Mail Room team, and Technology Support Services staff in this endeavor.  Thank you to each person who has made this possible.

Please share with your dean additional information that we can highlight to assist you and your colleagues. As one person reflected, we are building the road as we motor along.  I appreciate your resilience and fortitude as we continue on this journey together.  

Be healthy and safe,

Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 April 8: Provost Update

Good evening!

With each passing day, we continue to learn of students’ increasing needs for support.  At this time there are 46 staff who are being contacted by students via live chats.  Additionally, through the deans, we continue to hear about the impact of this pandemic on the lives of our students through the stories emerging from students’ conversations with faculty and staff.  Some students are reporting extreme strain and stress posed by the sudden shift in instructional methods combined with severe life challenges.  Many students are facing job losses plus personal and family illnesses often COVID-19 related.  Thank you for the support you are providing to our BHCC students during this intensely overwhelming time.  

As faculty, you are identifying truly innovative and inspirational approaches in response to the current environment.  For example, Professor Maria Puente has redesigned her Principles of Psychology (PSY-101) courses using holistic and data-informed approaches to address student needs in these challenging times. Her creativity, and those of other faculty, serve as evidence of the possibilities for engaging and supporting students during this time. Thank you for your demonstrations of care during this difficult period.

Other initiatives are being launched to include a new call campaign to reach out to our BHCC students.  As these project details are finalized, I will share more information. 

Today’s Updates

The Academic Innovation and Long Distance Learning Team: Given the volume of work to support faculty and students during this intense transition period, the priority focus of the AIDE team must center on faculty members’ and students’ course needs.  I am requesting your understanding that this area has no additional capacity to respond to non-course related requests at this time. Should you have non-course related needs, these should be discussed with your dean.

LIBRARY: Please share with your students that they should hold onto any books or materials they have checked out from the BHCC Library.  When the Library reopens for foot traffic, all materials can be returned without penalties or fines.

PASS/FAIL OPTION FOR STUDENTS: Like many colleges and universities around the country, we are reviewing a Pass/Fail option for current students this semester.  Currently, the “P” grade, indicating the achievement of “C” or higher, is listed as a grade type in the College Catalog.  BHCC will be implementing a procedure to provide students with the option to determine whether or not they select Pass/Fail as the grade of record for this semester.  More details will be sent to faculty and students within the next week.

I hope that you and your families remain well. 

Stay healthy and safe,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 April 7: Provost Update

Good evening!

Today I wanted to remind each of you to assist in maintaining a person-free campus through Sunday, April 19.  With each day that passes we continue to scan the global, national, and local news and press conferences to ensure that BHCC aligns our practices and plans with the emerging evidence-based best approaches and policies. Thank you for the spirit of cooperation that continues to guide our collaborative work among faculty and staff members in concert with our students.

Today’s Updates

SUMMER AND FALL SCHEDULES: Tonight at 11:59 PM our course schedules for Summer 1, Summer 2, and Fall 2020 are available for students’ viewing.

ADVISING:  Please remind your students that they should be reaching out to their advisors to plan their summer and fall courses as staggered Registration begins next Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 12:01 AM.

I hope that you have had a chance to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures as Spring unfolds before us. My best to you and your families as we continue to strive for health and safety in our homes and communities.

Thank you!

Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 April 6: Provost Update

Good evening!

As Massachusetts braces for the pandemic surge, we are very concerned about the health and safety of our BHCC Community. Therefore, beginning tomorrow through  Sunday, April 19 there will be only a limited number of pre-authorized personnel who are permitted on the Charlestown and Chelsea campuses to provide systems maintenance and continuity of services. We want to ensure that we limit everyone’s exposure.  Thank you in advance for your continuing focus on remaining safe and healthy.  I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are doing well.   

Today’s Updates:

CAMPUS ACCESS AND COVID 19 SURGE:  Reminder of the change in access to BHCC beginning tomorrow through Sunday, April 19.  See this link for the information. https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/collegecommunications/

CENTER FOR EQUITY AND CULTURAL WEALTH:  Tomorrow at 1 p.m. the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth is hosting the first of its weekly Webex drop-in sessions.  See the letter sent today at 2:51 PM via email for details on the Webex sign-in information. 

CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION IMPACTED:  Due to the impact of the surge, we are seeking alternative strategies for getting these devices to students who need them.

DISH:  Given the impact of the surge, the DISH will not be operating at this time to ensure the staff and students are not placed in a potentially unsafe environment.  Students with needs are being invited to contact the staff via chat, email, or phone to seek assistance. 

I remain impressed by the outstanding contributions you each have made to ensure students can continue learning through the stability of your guidance and expertise. I am very grateful for each of you as you support each other and students in this very surreal journey.

Stay Healthy and Safe!

Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 April 3: Provost Update

Good evening! 

I hope that your week has been a successful one for you and your students.  I appreciate that everyone is working very hard under incredibly challenging circumstances.  Many of you, I suspect, are juggling a range of new functions to include cautious self-care, homeschooling, negotiating workspace just to name a few.  All of this comes with stress as the range of our usual options is limited.  One person shared that a spontaneous solo drive to the ocean made a huge difference.  My sincere hope is that you are building in some time for yourself.

Today’s Updates:

BEGINNING TUESDAY, APRIL 7:  Due to the increasing intensity of COVID-19 and the anticipated surge, access to campus will be restricted to a few designated employees beginning Tuesday.  If you need access to any materials, please make arrangements to come on Monday.

SUMMER 1 AND SUMMER 2:  In case you missed the information in yesterday’s updates, all summer courses will be taught as either REMOTE courses (using alternative instructional methods allowing for synchronistic instruction at scheduled dates and times and asynchronistic learning) or ONLINE/WEB (completely in Moodle and asynchronistic teaching/learning).  The deans are working on course assignments.

 

REGISTRATION PREPARATION:  The deans and Academic Records staff are working nonstop to prepare the Summer 1, Summer 2 and Fall Schedules which will go live at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 See the schedule below. This would be a great time to reach out to your students you advise to see how they are doing and to assist in their BHCC planning for the coming summer and fall.

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER AND FALL:  Students may register beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14

STAY INFORMED:  Please visit this BHCC information page for up-to-date information. https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/

I hope that your weekend will be relaxing and refreshing. Thank you for your dedication!

All my best,

Jim

Fall and Summer 2020 Registration Opens April 14

Due to the continued uncertainty of the upcoming months, all summer courses will be taught using web-based online or alternative instructional methods to facilitate remote learning. Your dean will be reaching out about the schedule.

Current student registration starts April 14 via BHCC Self Service

Assigned Registration Date

Student Group

April 14

Students with 34+ credits in an Associate Degree; and

16+ credits in a Certificate and all veteran students

April 15

Students with 21-33 credits in an Associate Degree; and

3-15 credits in a Certificate

April 16

Students with 11-20 credits in an Associate Degree and all students enrolled in Certificates.

April 17

All current and new students

 


 

 April 2: Provost Update

Good evening! 

As we come to the end of our first week of teaching and learning in new ways, I want to thank you for your hard work of transformation.  I hope that your classes are going well and your students have engaged.  Please let your deans know of additional professional development that we can provide for you.

  • CHANGE:  Summer 1 and Summer 2 classes will be held virtually—not on campus. Most colleges are planning now for online and remote summer classes. AIDE and the divisional deans will be proving support for those who are teaching summer courses.
  • DCE CONTRACTS--Contracts will begin going out at the end of next week.
  • CHROMEBOOKS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS—We have a good supply of  Chromebooks available to loan to students.  Please share this link with your students to ensure they know how to request one: https://bunkerhillcc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t5gBiNkfrX0PJz.
  • PROCEDURAL MODIFICATIONS: We have been extensively discussing any necessary procedural modifications in response to the learning disruption caused by the COVID-19 situation.  We are looking at items such as IP, grades, and withdrawals.  I will have more detailed information to share within the coming week.

I  continue to keep you and your family members in my thoughts.

Be well,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 April 1: Provost Update

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter a new month, the news regarding this pandemic continues to unfold.  I want you to know that twice a day Pam is holding meetings with me and other administrators to monitor the evolving changes in our local, state, national and international communities and associated needs. This process allows us to pivot quickly to implement our needed communication with students, staff, and faculty. 

I want to thank each of you with a special tribute to our deans for their outstanding leadership.  The deans have excelled by ensuring that all staff teams’, department chairs’, faculty members’, and students’ concerns and needs are addressed as quickly as possible.  As you can imagine there are no playbooks for this sudden change required of all organizations at this time in history.  I continue to be really proud of, and thankful, for everyone’s positive collaboration, great work, and genuine concern for each other and our BHCC Community.  Below are today’s updates.

  • Summer 1 – Due to the continuing uncertainty of the upcoming months, all courses will be taught using web-based online or alternative instructional methods to facilitate remote learning.  Your dean will be reaching out about the schedule.
  • Summer 2 – At this present time, the plan is to hold 80% online/remote and 20% on the ground as conditions allow.
  • Virtual Commencement Letter to Students – You will find this letter at:  https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/collegecommunications/
  • Concerns for Student’s Health Emergency (COVID-19) – See the link that provides students with a place to share their health concerns.  Please visit the Dean of Students webpage for more information.  There is a link for submitting information via the Health Emergency Reporting (COVID-19) Form https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?BunkerHillCC&layout_id=10 I want to thank the Dean of Students Julie Elkins and her team for following up every day with each student from whom they receive a report.
  • Concerns for a Student’s Mental Health and Safety – Please continue to report your concerns to the CARE Team whose members will follow-up with each student.  Visit the Dean of Student’s CARE team website https://www.bhcc.edu/dos/thecareteam/  The link to the form is on the page.
  • Decision-tree to Guide Your Student Referrals – To assist you in referring students to the appropriate professionals based upon their expressed concerns, please visit this site for guidance in making referral decisions at BHCC. https://www.lucidchart.com/documents/view/a3c8489f-5549-4ed0-9f81-9998d8c336c9

Thank you for your continued dedication.

Best,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 March 30: Provost Update

Dear Colleagues,

I hope, that as classes resume today, you and your students are moving steadily into your revised teaching and learning modalities with as much ease as possible.  I appreciate the many stresses surrounding this world in which we all now live.  Continuing our focus on each other and our students plus our families is vitally important. Thank you for your patience and resolve as we work together.  I wanted to provide some updates.

NEW FINAL COURSE WITHDRAWAL DATE:  Tuesday, May 12 (note update)

REGISTRATION OPENS:  Tuesday, April 14  for Summer 1 & 2, Fall 2020

COMMUNICATION:  All previous College Communications, Provost Updates as well as Dean of Students emails sent to students, can be found using this link: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/collegecommunications/

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS: Important Resources and Contacts  for students, faculty and staff are being continuously updated  and can be accessed at this site: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/importantcontactsandhours/

CHROMEBOOKS: The BHCC Foundation funding allowed the College to purchase 400 Chromebooks for our students. The shipment for students with the most assessed financial need has arrived today.   A Technology Assessment was sent to students via email inviting them to share their status with technology.  Communication is underway regarding the process and time for distribution to each student who was been identified to receive a loaned Chromebook.

ONGOING INTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY: Please continue to tap the expertise of Dr. Danielle Leek and her team at A.I.D.E.  https://www.bhcc.edu/aide/

I look forward to learning from your dean how your classes are going.

 

Best,

Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 March 27: Provost Update

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to make preparations to resume courses next week, I am encouraged by the collective resolve and determination of our faculty and staff to support students upon their return to a remote learning environment.  I know that this sudden transition is very difficult and stressful for faculty, staff and students.  We will continue to support each other as we undergo these changes. A special thank you to Danielle Leek and the AIDE team for the excellent work they are providing to support this transition. Please know that AIDE will continue to assist as you implement remote strategies with your classes. 

Below are updates that capture information about plans and activities that are in place or in development.

Tuesday, April 14 — Student Registration will open for Summer I & II, Fall 2020 and Winter Session 2021

Thursday, May 14 — NEW WITHDRAWAL DATE The withdrawal date has been changed to provide students more time to adjust to their classes before making any decisions.

Live Chat – Critical student services are now available via live chat to students: LifeMap, Admissions, Dean of Students Office, DISH, Single Stop, Student Activities, Veterans Office. Student Central and Academic Support Services are available via live chat.

Remote Tutoring Services — Remote services are in place.  Please refer to information in this link https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/importantcontactsandhours/.

Student Communication – Communication is underway and includes emails, texts and robocalls for the ongoing engagement of students to stress the importance of checking their emails daily.  See Dean Elkins’ letter to students https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/collegecommunications/messagesfromthedeanofstudents/.

Chrome Books – The BHCC Foundation has worked to secure Chrome Books to provide to those students in need of technology during remote instruction.  We expect to receive the Chromebooks on Monday, March 30 and planning is underway for distribution to students based on financial need combined with information provided through the student survey included in yesterday’s email to students. See Dean Elkins’ letter to students https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/collegecommunications/messagesfromthedeanofstudents/.

Best, 
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 

 March 26: Provost Update - All BHCC Instruction Moves to Alternative Delivery Methods Effective Monday, March 30, 2020

As I write, I know that most of us and our families are continuing to face these very unsettling times with much anxiety. I sincerely hope this note finds you and your family are healthy.

Given the current conditions surrounding COVID19 and the need to work remotely as explained before, Bunker Hill Community College is joining the ranks of institutions across the country to ensure students’ educations continue using alternate teaching and learning methods. All courses, with the exception of those programs requiring supervised clinical or lab hours, will be taught remotely. Clinical and onsite labs are postponed until we evaluate after April 27. This distance format is designed to ensure you and your students are not required to be physically present on campus.

As previously announced, beginning Monday, March 30, instruction for all courses will move to an alternative teaching format that does not include students and faculty coming to campus. These approaches allow faculty and students to work together from a distance. In adherence with the state’s COVID-19 social distancing requirements, classrooms and labs will not be available for use. All other workspaces will adhere to these social distancing requirements. The campuses will function using only a skeletal team.

  • For those who are teaching online, you should continue to do so.
  • For those who are currently teaching a face-to-face class or using a hybrid format, you need to continue your plans to transition to remote instruction strategies that do not continue a face-to-face teaching component or use of campus facilities. I understand that many of you are making great progress in making this transition to an online/remote format. If you have not done so, please confirm your plans with your division dean.

NOTE: If you have not contacted your students, please reach out to them before next week.

Thank you for the creativity you have employed to shift your teaching to respond to this current environment. I know that many of you have participated in the virtual presentations provided by the excellent A.I.D.E. team. At the end of this email is information from A.I.D.E. to assist you and your students in accessing their services. Ongoing virtual support is available to assist you, your faculty colleagues, and students in transitioning to these remote formats for teaching and learning.

All student support services are continuing by phone, email, and online chats. You will find a resource list using this link: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/importantcontactsandhours/ Also please reference this link to read all communications available to-date: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/ (see the Archives section, too.)

Let’s work together to ensure our collective health and safety. If you have any questions, please consult with your division dean.

Sincerely,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 March 20: Provost Update

Thank you for the notes of appreciation some of you shared. I applaud the work of our faculty and staff as you advance the individual endeavors and collective goals of providing the best learning opportunities for our students during this critical time. I know that with each hour, we learn more about the unfolding circumstances facing individuals and communities. I believe that supporting each other and our fellow community members offers the best hope for this uncertain journey. Let me know if I can assist you.

I want to highlight some updates on the resources and strategies that are in place and in development.

  • Writing Place - Writing support has moved to a virtual environment, and students can schedule an online appointment, information is available at their website https://www.bhcc.edu/writingplace/ and students can make appointments using this link: https://bhcc.mywconline.com/.
  • Tutoring Services - Students can access tutoring support through Smart Thinking. More information will be shared as we continue to develop additional plans.
  • Virtual Student Affairs - Staff are available Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Live Chats - To provide student service support, student recruitment, plus advising functions, staff are implementing live chats, so students have access to key student facing offices.
  • Library - While the Library facility is physically closed, the Library team has developed remote access strategies for students and faculty for all services except inter-library loans. Each academic division has been assigned a library staff liaison.
  • Bookstore Information - We received from Follett the information found below.
  • Spring Semester - No current plans exist to extend the Spring Semester.

Best,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 March 17: Provost Update

As we continue to plan within the context of these uncertain times, I want to share a few updates.

  • Today Danielle Leek and the AIDE Team launched workshops focused on assisting faculty in adjusting their course delivery strategies. The deans sent reminders.
  • The President continues to meet with Alice, Cynthia and me along other campus colleagues each morning and afternoon to review our next steps for monitoring the current conditions and planning for communicating with students, faculty and staff.
  • Today a page of “Frequently Asked Questions and Answers” will be posted on the website.
  • The President meets with the other community college presidents almost daily.
  • The deans are meeting daily to ensure that faculty concerns are being addressed.

I continue to be very grateful for your ongoing leadership for supporting our faculty members, students, and staff. I know everyone is doing their very best given the uncertainties of this time in our local, national, and global communities. Thank you!

Best,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 March 16: Provost Update

Thank you for your leadership in supporting your department’s faculty as we face these unprecedented times. The deans have reported that you have shared your expertise and time in preparing for teaching in new ways. I sincerely appreciate your care for our colleagues and students. I also hope that you, your family and friends are well.

  • Cleaning has been completed on the Charlestown and Chelsea campuses.
  • Division Webex meetings are being scheduled by the deans with Danielle Leek and her team to assist you and your faculty members as everyone prepares for distance teaching/learning.
  • Moodle shells for all course sections are being prepared by the AIDE Team for those faculty who wish to use this tool. Danielle is planning to distribute the plan and training information.
  • At this time, Library Services can be accessed remotely via phone and email.

Sincerely,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs


 March 13: Provost Update

Thank you for your insights during yesterday’s meeting. Because of your input, the emails sent to our campus colleagues and students included your suggestion that we start teaching all web-based courses and Mini Session I sections on March 23 and continue the plan to launch all others courses on Monday, March 30th. Here is the link to these messages: https://www.bhcc.edu/coronavirus-info/

This morning at the President’s Response Team meeting it was announced that the cleaning at Chelsea is underway.

Below are items we discussed and some updates:

  • A desire to adopt hybrid approaches as a teaching strategy was identified along with the need for support of Danielle Leek’s team. Danielle shared that A.I.D.E. has a training and module ready for those who are desire this assistance.
  • You shared concern for students’ access to the internet, computers, and Moodle plus the need for adequate data access so we have discussed this issue and are pursuing strategies to meet these needs.
  • Ideas were shared to explore self-directed pedagogies that allow for a different approach and trust in students’ abilities and commitment.
  • The need to share the list of services designed to support our student holistically during this time was highlighted. Strategies to support our students will be advanced by Dean Elkins and her team.
  • You suggested that there should training for all tutors to use Webex plus all department could promote Smart Thinking as academic support resources for students.
  • The need for students’ phone numbers was identified. Web Advisor was mentioned as a source of this information. The question was raised about including this information on the roster. We will explore the feasibility within our system.
  • Cooking and baking labs were mentioned as a concern.
  • How to use such communication tools as GoogleTalk and Skype was mentioned along with associated training needs.
  • How to mask one’s personal cell phone number was highlighted.
  • Also resources for supporting our students, faculty, and staff experiencing stress created by Asian xenophobia were identified as a need.
  • The idea of a Moodle shell for chairs was suggested.

Please forward any items we may have missed from out meeting’s discussion that you think need to be included. Thank you for your informed discussion and recommendations.

Stay Healthy,
Jim

Dr. James Canniff
Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs